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  • Me and the Man

    Part 1 I grew up poor – the US version of poor. We never missed a meal but a few times it was only because we had a successful hunt. Suffice it to say that when we interacted with others, they always had more than us. More stuff, nicer houses and cars and toys. We weren’t unhappy kids – my brothers and I – but we were unable to do some things we ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 15, 2014
  • On Codes of Conduct

    I have mixed emotions about codes of conduct. I respect the right of any organization – public or private, for-profit or not – to create, maintain, and enforce codes of conduct. At the same time, I find the need for such standards depressing… especially in professional organizations. I am and have been a member of professional organizations that ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 3, 2013
  • OT: Thank You, Microsoft

    cross-posted from AndyLeonard.me… Each April 1st for the past five years, I have been honored to receive an email from Microsoft informing me I have been recognized as a SQL Server MVP. Tomorrow will be different. Back in January – when I wrote this – I requested Microsoft not consider me for renewal. I have enjoyed serving as a Microsoft MVP. I ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 31, 2012
  • My Name is Andy and I Have an Associates of Applied Science Degree

    Introduction This post is the forty-first part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about the education requirements for job listings. Bachelor’s Degree Required I’m not qualified for any job that requires a bachelor’s degree because I don’t have ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on June 27, 2011
  • Elegant Events

    This post is cross-posted at the new SQLPeople Wordpress blog (in beta as I type this). Introduction I debated including this post on elegant events in my series about managing technical teams and the software business. I find a lot of what I've learned in the community maps into both that series and good management practices (the opposite of ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 28, 2011
  • The Integrity Challenge

    Introduction This post is the twenty-eighth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series are: Goodwill, Negative and Positive Visions, Quests, Missions Right, Wrong, and Style Follow Me Balance, Part 1 Balance, Part 2 Definition of a Great Team The 15-Minute Meeting Metaproblems: Drama ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 5, 2011
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